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Greeley Testing Center
College Center 230 (2nd Floor)
5401 W. 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
phone: (970) 339-6533
fax: (970) 506-6920
Descriptions for the Accuplacer Tests
The Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test consists of 20 questions. There are essentially two types of questions posed in this particular exam:
- The first type of questions consists of reading a paragraph
followed by a question based on the text. There are both
long and short paragraphs. Within these passages, you will
find explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit
statements related to a secondary idea, inference and application.
- In the second type of question, you will find two sentences
followed by a question about the relationship between these
The Accuplacer Sentence Skills test consists of 20 questions. There are two types of questions posed in this exam:
- Sentence Correction: The first type requires you to have
an understanding of sentence structure. These types of questions
ask you to choose the most suitable word or phrase to substitute
for the underlined section of the sentence.
- Construction Shift: The construction shift questions require
that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown
while maintaining the same meaning as the original sentence.
- It is important to note that certain skills are also being
tested within these two types of questions, such as logic
of the sentence, whether or not the answer is a complete
sentence, and the relationship between coordination and subordination.
The Accuplacer Arithmetic subtest assesses your ability to perform elementary arithmetic operations, as well as to solve problems that involve basic arithmetic concepts. The Arithmetic test consists of 17 questions in three different categories:
- Operations with whole numbers and fractions, such as addition,
subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent
fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.
- Operations with decimals and percents, including addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals,
percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent
equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also
- Applications and problem solving, such as rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.
There are 12 questions in the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test consisting of three different types of problems:
- The first type of problem involves operations with integers
and rational numbers. This may include computation with integers
and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
- The second type of problem involves operations with algebraic
expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions,
and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions
involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials,
the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents,
simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
- The third type of Elementary Algebra problem involves
the solution of equations, inequalities, word problems. solving
linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic
equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented
in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and
graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic
College Level Math Test
The College Level Math subtest consists of 20 questions. It should be noted that this particular test measures an individual skills from intermediate algebra all the way through precalculus.
There are several types of questions
- Algebraic operations includes simplifying rational algebraic
expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating
roots and exponents.
- Solutions of equations and inequalities includes the solution
of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation
systems and other algebraic equations.
- Coordinate geometry includes plane geometry, the coordinate
plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane,
and graphs of algebraic functions.
- Applications and other algebra topics ask about complex
numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations
and combinations, fractions, and word problems.
- The functions and trigonometry category presents problems about polynomials, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.
NOTE: The definitions listed above were derived from CollegeBoard.com.